The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox wrap their MLB betting series in clash the like of which has not been seen since the Big-Endians versus the Little-Endians. The teams split the first two of the three-game set.
Time: 8:10 PM
Venue: Guaranteed Rate Field
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Red Sox -1½ (+110) 9½ (-110) -150
White Sox +1½ (-130) 9½ (-110) +140
On the mound: Drew Pomeranz (LHP, 4-3, 4.70 ERA, 56 K) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings and matched a career-best 11 Ks in a win against the Rangers in his last outing. Pomz pitched in relief at Guaranteed Rate Field once but this will be his first start at the former Comiskey Park. Pomeranz hasn’t allowed a run in seven career innings – two appearances, one star – against the White Sox. Pomeranz improved his swinging-strike rate from 10.2% to 18.8% against Texas, producing 18 swings and misses – tied for second-best single-game rate of his career. Counting last Thursday, Drew P. has gone six innings only three times this season, but were he to be pulled early, the Red Sox bullpen is well-rested – having tossed just 150 2/3 innings, the second-fewest in the American League and third-fewest in the MLB. The BoSox bullpen is fifth in the league with a 3.17 ERA.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Boston has won and covered in seven of the last nine games but in only two of the last six and seven on the road, respectively. The Red Sox are 2-4 straight-up and 1-5 against the spread in their last six encounters with the White Sox. The MLB betting total has gone over in 10 of the BoSox’s last 13 road games.
Miscellanea: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday with a sprained left wrist after colliding with Jose Abreu on Monday. The team activated third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
On the mound: Mike Pelfrey (RHP, 2-4, 4.41 ERA, 18 K) has won his last two starts in a row, surrendering two earned runs on eight hits in 11 innings, with the strikeouts and one walk. Palfrey debuted with the White Sox on April 22nd and has allowed three or fewer runs in all his seven starts except one. Conversely, he has thrown six innings only once.
At bat: First baseman Jose Abreu was named American League Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career on the strength of a 10-game hitting streak that ended on Monday. He hit .458 with a couple of home runs and five RBIs in a seven-game period.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The White Sox have won three fourths of their last six games at home but have dropped 70% of their last 10 times hosting the Red Sox. Chicago has only failed to cover once in the last six games overall, the last eight at home, and the last six versus Boston. The MLB betting total has gone under in four of the White Sox’s last six home games versus the BoSox.